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and from all of us, we appreciate your team, -- time, hope t tonight on "world news," big broil. the record heat, 90 million people sweltering. parts of texas turning back into a dust bowl. not enough water for the cattle. double dare. with the economy on the brink over the debt talk, the president warns social security checks could be in jeopardy, as republicans claim they now have a last ditch plan. jaycee dugard. tonight, neighbors who saw the backyard where she was being held, speak out about what they wish they had done. and our made in america summer. an army of families showing you the one thing they bought and love to help create american jobs. good evening to you.
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and here is how it looks and feels in temperatures as high as 105 degrees in america tonight. 90 million americans sweltering. record-breaking heat across the country. and look at that. temperatures soaring above 100 degrees, and there is drought so bad, cattle farmers are making very tough choices. that is the e map. half of the country in the sweltering heat tonight, and abc's steve osunsami is in atlanta to report for us. >> reporter: across north georgia today, where the heat and humidity made it feel like 105 degrees, the local tree trimmers gave up at 2:00 p.m. and called it a day. >> we had a fella that fell out even at 9:30 in the morning from heat exhxhstion with throwing up. >> reporter: it's miserable heat. oklahoma city's 14th straight day above 100 degrees. in union county, south carolina, they were handing out fans and they ran out. >> it concerns me because there are people out there suffering,
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when something as small as a $15 fan can make a difference in their life. >> reporter: it was so dangerously hot, summer school in philadelphia was forced to close early today. city inspectors in dallas went from home to home today making sure families had air conditioners that worked. >> most of the time i get out with the water hose and wet the house down. try to cool it off some. it's kind of really rough. >> reporter: since the start of this month alone, record temperatures were either matched or broken nearly 670 different times, in cities across the country. >> i can't remember it being this hot this early and this >> reporter: adding insult to injury is the drought, now gripping farm and ranchlands in the deep south and southwest. they haven't seen a drought like this in some places since the 1950s. and parts of texas are breaking drought records set in 1917. the federal government has declared the entire state a disaster area, with $3 billion in agricultural losses.
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ranchers in tulsa today were selling what they would normally keep. with no rain, there's no hay to feed the cattle. the beef prices you pay are about to rise even higher. >> we can expect less beef production and higher prices in the future. on top of what are already record retail prices for consumers. >> so, steve, 100-degree heat. remind us, physically, what that is and what you have to be careful to do. >> reporter: well, diane, we talked with our dr. richard besser, who says that when the heat index is at 105, you shouldn't be out in this. instead, you should be inside in air conditioning. he also says that if you are in the heat, that you should have two of these. two 16 ounce water bottles every hour. >> although they look pretty joyful behind you tonight. if they can stay in that water and that fountain. thank you, steve, so much tonight. and now we go to washington, and that very high stakes political game of chicken. ratcheting up today. as you know, august 2nd, america
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will default on its debt if politicians don't act. and the default would wreak havoc with our jobs, credit cards and savings. a big emergency meeting ended late today and abc's jake tapper on what happened, and he is at the white house. jake? diane.orter: good evening, well, the meeting broke earlier this evening after roughly an hour an 45 minutes of negotiations. and there is still no light at the end of this economic tunnel negotiations. and there is still no light at the end of this economic tunnel negotiations. and there is still no light at the end of this economic tunnd negotiations. and there is still no light at the end of this economic tunnel. republican senate leader mitch mcconnell this afternoon presented the unusual proposal to empower the president to raise the debt ceiling while congress votes to disapprove. >> i still want to cut spending. i was hoping he wanted to cut spending without extracting as a condition for cutting spending what we believe are job-killing tax increases. >> reporter: president obama told cbs news that if this impasse is not resolved before default day, august 2nd, there will be an immediate effect on social security, veterans' benefits and medicaid. >> i cannot guarantee that those
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checks go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. >> this is turning into a laugh. except there's nothing funny about it. >> reporter: former republican senator alan simpson, who co-chaired the deficit commission, said the american people are rightly disgusted. and he's personally bothered by republicans undermining any chance of speaker boehner >> if that's the stuff that's going on in my party, where the pettiness overcomes the patriotism, it's disgusting to me. >> reporter: and diane, a democrat familiar with negotiations said there was, this evening in that room, a growing recognition they need to put aside the talking points and get to work. but diane, the clock is ticking. >> that's right, jake, thank you. and now we want to tell you about the reaction today from doctors and mental health professionals to the brian ross investigation you saw here last night. it is was a closer look at the company owned by michele bachmann and her husband. and brian had video taken by an outside group showing what was said to a gay client.
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an approach discredited by professionals and deemed potentially dangerous to those seeking help. and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is back here tonight. >> reporter: diane, the leading health experts we taked to said the report showed a bad practice at the bachmann clinic, that discredited therapy designed to convert gays to straights through prayer and religion. no one at the bachmann clinic was talking. and the clinic's website, which had described it christian counseling, was no longer available online. >> the truth is god has designed our eyes to be attracted to the woman's body. >> reporter: and the undercover video shot by a gay rights group inside the clinic prompted mental health professionals to question whether the bachmann clinic receives medicaid payments for a therapy they say is not only ineffective but could seriously harm patients. >> this is mostly faith healing. there's a lot of technical language that sounds like mainstream psychology or
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mainstream psychiatry, but it's not. >> reporter: this is far outside the mainstream of practice? >> this is so far outside the mainstream it's practically on mars. >> reporter: on capitol hill, michele bachmann would not respond to the criticism. >> i'm not doing any interviews now. thank you, though. >> is there a reason you're unwilling to discuss what's used in your clinic for -- >> well, i'm focusing on turning the economy around and on jobs, so, that's what i'm focusing on. >> were you aware of the message that he was using in this clinic for therapy for homosexuals? >> thank you. >> so, brian, we saw what the health professionals have to say. remind us again why they say it can cause so much harm. >> reporter: this therapy is based on the theory that homosexuality is an illness or a choice. and when people try to change through this therapy and they fail, as they most often do, they get more depressed and in some cases, they say there have been suicidal tendencies that have developed. >> that's the great fear. brian ross, once again tonight.
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and now, we move to the courts, and a serious challenge to marriage as we know it, by a polygamist family you may have seen on reality tv. heading into federal court, a husband and his four wives will file a landmark lawsuit, asking the court to reconsider the number of partners we can all have in marriage. here's abc's dan harris. >> she's a sister from the same mister and he's a brother from another mother. >> reporter: you may not approve of the life cody brown lives with his four wives and their 16 children on tlc's "sister wives." but they say they have every right to live it. there will be inevitably some people who see your lives and say, this is just plain wrong. >> we aren't saying this is for everybody. and we would never say that. >> reporter: now, their renowned constitutional attorney, who is not a polygamist, is set to ask the federal courts to decriminalize the practice. his argument? the browns are consenting adults, living out their faith and they're not hurting anybody. >> righthtow, we live in a bizarre situation, wherere
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everyone agrees that you can have multiple lovers. you can have children by those lovers. you can even have adulterous lovers. and you are protected as a citizen of the united states. but the minute you tell them privately that you view them as their spiritual spouses, the state comes in and prosecutes you. >> reporter: the law banning polygamy dates back to a supreme court decision in 1879. the court said i imay be a religious practice, but it doesn't deserve constitutional protection any more than human sacrifice, which they considered to be comparable. but this is the same court that banned interracial marriage. so, should polygamy be reconsidered, too? if you've got a case where you have all consenting adults and nobody's being hurt, what's wrong with that? >> i don't care what these people are telling you. there's not a single polygamist family out there that the women are truly happy inside. >> reporter: critics say there is plenty of evidence that polygamy fosters abuse. remember those allegations of children forced to marry older men in that mormon splinter group?
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the brown's attorney says there is no abuse in this family. and he challenges everyone to join is the argument. who is really being hurt here? dan harris, abc news, new york. and now, a young american hero, who received the medal of honor at the white house today. army sergeant first class leroy petry, only 31, but already years of distinguished service. today was all about a moment in afghanistan when petry was severely wounded, shot in both legs, looking at a live grenade that could have hurt his fellow soldiers. abc's john donvan on what he did. >> reporter: above and beyond. that's where leroy petry went in may 2008, afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures, from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being in all the ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling.
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>> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who, out there, picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand, but he's alive, rare fororedal of honor winners. who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petry decided he's not done. and when he re-enlisted, he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> and we want to honor him, too. and, still ahead on "world news," one thing you may want to buy to help create american jobs. our mama in america team finds it tonight. jajaee dugard. what the neighbors who lived near that backyard prison are saying. and the first lady, whose honesty about her own life changed so many others.
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trailing us down that seattle street. how did it grow that big? let's rewind the tape again. the first knock, the cooks. they knew the drill. we took everything not made in america out -- then, the next house. we emptied them out. and the next house. and soon -- this. >> reporter: the andersons on their bench from indonesia. the cooks and their dresser om china. and nikki and karen on their couch from canada. all of them now looking for that one thing made in america in their home or in a store they can't wait to tell the rest of the country about. and it turned out the whole neighborhood wanted in. >> reporter: and while they searched, we did, too. on our bikes. >> reporter: how pretty. >> reporter: on a cold, wet day in seattle. and we weren't the only ones on our bikes. when you report for duty, you reportrto your bikes -- >> yes. >> reporter: made in america. >> yes. >> reporter: with uniforms made in america.
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>> reporter: what do you think about his gear? is that going to work for cycling? >> today? >> a little lacking. >> reporter: they told us where to get properly outfitted and gave me a little head start. i'm halfway there. >> reporter: yes, you are. but so far away. >> reporter: i know. we're off to find julia cruise at the olympic uniform company. so, those uniforms we saw on the seattle p.d. came from right here? >> yes. >> reporter: that's pretty cool. >> reporter: they make gear for memphis, philadelphia, phoenix, orlando, and, as david found out, metro atlanta. >> reporter: i'll give you a traffic ticket. >> reporter: that's a nice color on you. >> reporter: sharyn was once a reporter here in seattle, but clearly, i wasn't. >> no, no. >> reporter: what's wrong with a hoodie? >> not good with our rain. >> reporter: she was out to fix it. good color? >> reporter: this will keep him try? >> yes. >> reporter: no complaining. >> no complaining. >> reporter: i didn't complain. and sharyn, too. >> great color on you. >> reporter: sharyn, what do you think of this? >> reporter: instructor. what arereou teaching?
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>> reporter: they outfitted us. we were off. >> reporter: hi! i'm sharyn. rediscovered entire stores filled with made in america. these are ropes from lobster pots. where else? maine. these are made from recycled wine bottles. >> reporter: and while sharyn was checking out gifts, i was checking out gear. cascade designs started nearly 40 years ago. made in america? >> made in america. >> reporter: for decades here, jimmy has been making this mattress. by far their greatest invention. open the air valves, infnftes on its own. voila. no longer sleepless in seattle. >> nap time! >> reporter: 18 million sold. and while sharyn and i were choosing our one thing, back on that street, they were already lining up with theirs. >> look at your line. >> reporter: can you believe how many people actually showed up? and we wanted to point out that every single person in that line, even the children, had their one thing. >> reporter: and some surprising things there. one thing that was a little bit scary but will have us all talking and want us to go shopping tomorrow.
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survival, after 18 years kidnapped by a sex offender. after her interview, a lot of you wondered, what about the neighbors looking out at the squalor in that backyard where she was impressed, and the young women they may have seen there? we told you one neighbor did try calling 911, but police didn't really investigate. well, tonight, other neighbors who feel stricken that they didn't see something strange and take action. today, some of the neighbors who lived so close to that backyard, the deranged shacks where jaycee was imprisoned, decided to speak publicly. this neighbor used to see her in the yard. >> i was heartbroken to think that we had lived here and that poor little thing having the baby, being out there, all alone. >> reporter: she says she had no idea. >> i'd have been down to the police department bringing them out here. >> i couldn't believe something like that happened to close to my house. >> reporter: a waitress, who, for years, used to prepare the fast food garrido was taking to
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jaycee, sent out a plea. >> watch your children. and get to know your neighbors. you don't know who lives next to you. it could be a nightmare next door. who knows. >> reporter: it's the message so many of you have been sending us, asking that her story be a call to action. "if you see something, say something." and some very familiar names linking arms with all of us. oprah saying, jaycee has "so much to teach us all." dr. phil calling her story "both humbling and inspiring." and remember, when jaycee was forbidden to say her own name for years and years -- who were you? >> i was alyssa. i liked the actor alyssa milano and "who's the boss?" i couldn't be jaycee, so i picked another name. >> reporter: alyssa milano responded, saying, "your message of hope is vital for everyone to hear." and, as we said, "20/20" anchor chris cuomo is investigating new information about all the times parole officers and police
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failed to find her, when she was just a few feet away. >> we just want to ask you a question. >> reporter: he will be back right here tomorrow with the latest on what still needs to be done. and by the way, on saturday, we'll have a special encore of the interview, new investigative material and parts of jaycee's interview you have not seen. and that will be saturday at :00 9:00 p.m. coming up, her courage and candor. america's first ladies pay tribute. tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies,
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citracal. finally tonight, a constellation of first ladies and one former president, gathered to honor the legacy of a woman who taught america to talk openly about personal struggles. she did from her breast cancer to her addiction to painkills and alcohol. betty ford died last week at 93, and today, the words of emily dickinson were inscribed in the funeral program. "if i can stop one heart from breaking, i shall not live in vain." here's abc's claire shipman. >> reporter: she was a dancer as a young woman and later in life, she would dance on the cabinet
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room table as a joke for photographers. brave and defiant, an ordinary person who would change the word. >> my name is betty and i'm an alcoholic. >> reporter: it was an issue in 1982 that was not very first lady-like. your hallmark has always been your incredible honesty -- >> which probably got me in trouble a lot of the time. >> reporter: she remembered her family's intervention. >> i was very angry. but we all came together and my husband in a very loving way put his arm around me and he said, you know, mom, we love you too much to let this happen. >> reporter: she was determined to end the shame and secrecy for others, too, and camp betty was born. and mrs. ford often personally set lives back on track. like that of elizabeth anderson, who was addicted to marijuana and alcohol. >> thank you for being such an inspiration. >> well, appreciate that. >> she was the original individual, i think, in the last
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30 years to really have the audacity of hope. >> reporter: mrs. ford always took equal joy in the newfound strength of her flock. >> they're distraught and frightened and very sick and then weeks later, i see them and they have a smile ononheir face. >> reporter: she'll be remembered, perhaps, as patron saint, as much as first lady. claire shihian, abc news. >> thanks so much for watching. we're always on at abcnews.com. don't forget, "nightline" later. and hope t tsee you right back here tomorrow night. a major revelation tonight in the jaycee dugard kidnapping case. there are two other victim nose one has known about until now. >> and imagine waiting 12 hours to see a doctor in the emergency room. >> and a late develop frmt pg&e on the san bruno pipeline
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explosion. no longer are they blaming people who lost their homes. and technology that can help your surgeon repair bone injuries before entering the operating room. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carolyn johnson. the search for the northern california men missing from a cap sized boat is over. >> u.s. coast guard and mexican navy are both calling off the search. seven men are now presumed dead. and they went into the water a week ago saturday, nine days lost, at sea. we're live tonight where one of the missing men lives. alan? >> yeah. we're here at the home of don lee. he's one of the seven missing men. his wife said after the teleconference call with the state department she says the families of the missing men had gone from sad to frustrated, and n

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